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RCMP stop 270 vehicles, lay 66 charges to start Country Thunder

Country Thunder Music Festival is taking place from July 12 to 15. File / Global News

In the first day of Country Thunder, Saskatchewan RCMP have logged 66 charges under the Traffic Safety Act and received 23 calls for service since 7 a.m. CT Thursday. Four of those calls were for assault reports.

One person was also charged with impaired driving on the festival grounds. The RCMP have collected eight prisoners so far.

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Combined Traffic Services conducted 270 vehicle stops. In addition to the 66 charges, there were 85 warnings tickets and two licence suspensions for alcohol.

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Overall, the RCMP said they are pleased with the level of cooperation from festival goers. Over 20,000 people are expected to make their way to Craven, Sask., for the annual music festival.

The RCMP will be patrolling the grounds and surrounding area throughout the event to enforce a zero tolerance policy toward public drunkenness, open liquor, underage drinking, illicit drug use, causing a disturbance and any other offence.

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